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Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at the Oakland Museum of California, 4/19 - 7/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 1, 2014 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to support a museum exhibit like you've never seen (or heard) before! The Oakland vinyl, the sound and culture of records at oakland museum of californiaMuseum of California presents Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records from April 19th (hey, that's Record Store Day!) through July 27, in which they explore the social and cultural phenomenon of listening to, collecting, and sharing records.

Immerse yourself in this uniquely Californian take on vinyl with experiences ranging from individual and group listening stations to informal talks and live performances. The gallery will be transformed into an experimental listening environment, appealing to all the senses. View notable record collections, photographs of collectors in their homes, and watch and hear interviews as well as rarely-seen historic and archival film and video on the science of recording. Explore the history of album cover art with an exhibit of notable covers and a film on the topic. Peruse and listen to all kinds of records, spanning genres with a focus on the independent record industry that blossomed in California from the mid-1970s to now.

This is a particularly hands-on exhibit; use the listening stations' turntables and headphones to listen to boxes of records collected by Crate Curators—influential members of the record community such as collectors, DJs, independent record store owners, radio personalities, and others. Each crate contains 33 records chosen by the Crate Curators to tell a personal story. You can also dig through a variety of records (provided by Amoeba Berkeley) and curate your own thematic crate!

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Archivalist / Filmmaker Rick Prelinger To Premiere "Lost Landscapes of Oakland" At OMCA

Posted by Billyjam, February 22, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

East Bay history fans should make note that this afternoon at the OMCA (Oakland Museum of CA) there will be a premiere screening of Rick Prelinger's Lost Landscapes of Oakland, with live narration by the filmmaker, and followed by a Q+A session. This Oakland themed production is part of the writer/archivalist/filmmaker's ‘Lost Landscapes’ series of archival compilation films on the history of San Francisco (Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, eight annual films, 2006-2013, and Lost Landscapes of Detroit, three films, 2010-2012.) Today's East Bay themed presentation is about "highlighting the hidden histories of Oakland" with a montage of "rarely-seen film clips of life in Oakland, captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen, and industrial filmmakers" according to OMCA curators. The fact that Prelinger will do accompanying live narration himself is an added bonus. Plus, like so many of the wonderful events that OMCA produces, this too further breaks down that wall between exhbiti and museum goer. Those who attend today will undoubtedly be mostly local residents who know Oakland and the East Bay first hand. They are encouraged to participate and share stories about their own memories of Oakland and the East Bay. Event from 3pm to 5pm. All ages. Admission to screening/lecture included in general museum admission. More info

Looking at the Bay Area in a New Light Thanks to OMCA's Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay

Posted by Billyjam, August 29, 2013 05:05pm | Post a Comment

Students of the Bay Area's history, its inhabitants, geographic make up, and its gradual transformation over the past several thousand years should enjoy the new exhibit opening at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) this weekend including the free First Sunday (Sept 1st). Titled Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay the curators at the downtown Oakland museum say it unveils the quirky stories of how people and nature together have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 6,000 years. It's a large scale exhibit spread across all three of OMCA’s galleries (Art, History, and Natural Sciences). The multi-media exhibition, that will employ oral histories, community voices, and interactive as it highlight historic and contemporary place-based stories about the Bay, hopes to engage exhibit viewers in discussions about the Bay’s future and topics such rising sea levels, wetlands restoration, invasive species, earthquake preparedness (or lack thereof), and the general changes to the land and water of the greater Bay Area. The opening weekend of the exhibit begins this evening (August 29th) with a preview and reception for donor forum members. Tomorrow, Friday August 30th, OMCA members will enjoy a preview before a public sneak peek during a pirates-and-mermaids-themed Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, a costume contest, and more in the museum's ongoing fun community driven events. Then on Saturday, August 31st, the exhibition officially opens to the public.  Free First Sunday is this weekend, September 1st, when it is completely free. More info.
 

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Oakland Museum Says Final Farewell to Summer & Hello To Halloween with Summer Nights Finale

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2012 03:33pm | Post a Comment

With Halloween less than a week away and Christmas / holiday decorations already on sale at most stores it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. Almost meaning after one last summer fling event (Summer Nights Finale - which Amoeba has been supporting since the series began) that takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct 26th) at the Oakland Museum of California from 4pm until 11:45 pm.

This special multi-faceted OMCA event not only offers museum goers a nice farewell to summer but also a hello / early taste of Halloween with what the curators at OMCA promise will be an eclectic evening featuring Days of the Dead tours, monster books, home movies, and a cult horror cinema classic - and some of it interactive too.

          

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The myriad of educational fun for all ages that is Summer Nights Finale includes a tour of Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012 and a meet-and-greet with the artists responsible for the exhibition (5pm in The Great Hall), an almost all ages event dance class to learn the moves for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for ages 4 and up (7:30pm to 8pm at the OMCA Gift Shop), and a sneak peek of the (currently closed to the public) Gallery of California Natural Sciences with artist Helena Keeffe on hand to give a guided tour of the fort exhibit that she co-created with Oakland YMCA families.

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Summer Nights at Oakland Museum of California, Fri. 6/29!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 25, 2012 04:45pm | Post a Comment
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Join Amoeba Music and the Oakland Museum of California for the latest installment of Summer
Guess who's coming to dinner Nights at OMCA on Friday, June 29th!
 
Held on the final Friday of each month from Friday, April 27 through Friday, October 26, Summer Nights features special evening hours and half-price Museum admission after 5pm! With classic '68 film screenings in Oak Street Plaza, Amoeba Music DJs spinning '60s-inspired sets, and sizzling special activities throughout the Museum, you won't want to miss Summer Nights!

On Friday, June 29th, Amoeba's own DJ Marty (of the band Subtle) will be spinning the best of the best and you can watch this classic 1968 film under the stars at Oak Street Plaza:

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn!

Showtime is at sunset! 

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